With the continuous growth of the online casino industry and its heighten momentum, some of the planet’s most accomplished and successful gambling operators have made games to ensure that live casino games become the most famous gaming platform in the casino environment. This is being achieved by providing exciting and thrilling games in a way that has never been done before. Games are available online in a very accessible and easy way.
A live casino provides players with the chance to play in a true casino arena with live dealers from the comfort of their homes or from anywhere else that has an Internet connection. The casino industry is basically offering all players the best live games in existence with various promotions and attractive friendly dealers.
All players would like to have a real casino environment available through their computers. For this reason, the casino industry has upgraded their technology to make the greatest live gaming experience accessible with games that have been polished and honed for all players to play at the tables with a 100% guarantee gambling satisfaction.
The live casino gameplay has greatly improved in the last couple of months. This improvement has been achieved by the continuous provision of new content and games. Programmers have also been exceeding the software limits with new ideas coupled with a growing number of games.
You can be certain that regardless of the type of game that you play, you will be placing your money in a safe business with strict regulations and rules. These rules apply for the games of live roulette, live baccarat, live poker, and live blackjack. There is no need to worry about online cheating since everyone is on a secure environment with live streaming cameras that record everything. Casinos without the live video feed are not as secure as live casinos, because players cannot see the casino surroundings. On a live casino, you get to watch the dealer spin the roulette table, deal the cards, and throw the dice. All the games are played live!
There is nothing more reassuring to the player than being able to watch a real dealer spin the roulette wheel. This certainly provides a very secure environment, because players know that all the games’ results are real and not computer created. Players can now play their favorite casino games without having to travel or even dress up. As a matter of fact, players only need to have Internet access. A gambler only has to turn on the computer and log to his favorite live casino site to start playing the games. Players may even chat with the dealers. An online casino has everything that a land based casino offers. Actually, live casinos online offer more promotions and bonuses than any land based casino in the world.
If you are still unsure on which live casino to play, just check gambling forums for reviews provided by fellow players. There are many gambling organizations that provide feedback on whether a specific casino is legitimate. Live casinos are in the business for the long run. What are you waiting for? Go online and start playing your favorite games now!
Dreams have been a subject of fascination in literature and art since the very earliest writings of man. What’s more is they are not only the subject of fiction, philosophy, mythology and theology, but also of history. In the Herodotus Histories, it is recounted that in ancient Greece the Delphic oracle was said to have prophetic visions and dreams. After the Spartans were defeated at the battle of Thermopoly in approximately 480 B.C. the Athenians heard of the Persian’s coming and consulted the oracle at Delphi. She told the Athenians:
“Why do you sit and wait for death and doom? Flee to the furthest part of the world where the wooden wall of Zeus will defend you and your children.” Herodotus Histories Book 7 Lines 140-143
The Greeks took the meaning of the ‘wooden walls’ to mean their ships, and so they set sail: Athens was sacked, but its people saved. This is an example of a historical account of a dream that warned the people of Athens of imminent destruction and proved to be their salvation. Interestingly, the name assigned to the traitor who showed the Persians the hidden pass in Thermopoly, and allowed them to surround the Greeks is ‘Euphailtes’ which means ‘Nightmare’. Whether this was the actual name of the individual is debatable, but it seems more likely that Herodotus chooses to name this figure in order to convey as special association. Nightmares are frightening, they are inescapable, they are inevitable. Euphailtes was the downfall of the 300.
In Ancient Greece dreams that proved prophetic or visionary were an accepted reality, they occur in historical documentation and are accepted as motivators and premonitions. Now, they are viewed less mystically, but still with the same degree of interest. Modern films, such as ‘The Matrix’, use the idea that the world is an artificial construction, much like a dream. In ‘The Matrix’ the leader of those that are ‘free’ from the dream is called ‘Morpheus’, who in Greek mythology was the god of dreams and sleep. Similarly films such as ‘Inception’ take a deep exploration of the subconscious and dreaming mind. Again in ‘Inception’ dreams can be artificially created by ‘architects’ who build dream-worlds for the ‘dreamers’. Ariadne1 asks her mentor Cob:
‘How could I ever acquire enough detail to make them think that it’s reality?’
To which Cob replies:
‘Well dreams, they feel real while we’re in them right? It’s only when we wake up that we realise there was actually something strange…’
Here the idea of the illusionary verisimilitude of dreams is hinted at, and this is a technique that has been used in countless plays, novels and poems throughout history. In the second version of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ the play begins with a different opening in which a lord and his servants stumble on the unconscious Christopher Sly. The lord immediately recognises that Sly is a drunken loser, and proposes a trick: that Sly wake up in the palace, clad in royal garments, and that everyone call him by the name of ‘Petruchio’ and allow him to believe he is dreaming, and that in the dream he is a nobleman. The lord remarks:
‘Would not the beggar then forget himself?’
And this proves true. Sly, when he believes he is dreaming (even though he isn’t) is able to achieve things he failed at in life. He becomes the man able to ‘tame’ the shrew and win Kate, which no other man is able to do. His own belief sets him free. Though he isn’t in a dream world, he behaves as if he is in one, and this leads him to success. When he wakes up at the end of the play and is once more Christopher Sly, he is no longer sure of what his reality is.
Shakespeare (and other writers of the same period including Calderon) uses the dream in the play in order to allow characters to question their reality, and hence, for the audience to question theirs. In Calderon’s play ‘Life’s A Dream’ several of the characters on stage refer to the play as a ‘dream’. The clown Clarion, upon his death bed, remarks:
‘Strange, it feels like I’m waking up,’
This is potentially an allusion to the temporality of existence. In the 17th Century the afterlife was seen as permanence: it was eternal. Physical existence on the other hand was fleeting, and hence, more like a dream. At one point Clarion, and the Prince of Poland, Sigismund, are imprisoned together. The rebels come to free Sigismund, but mistake Clarion for him. They immediately ask what his demands are, to which the Clown ludicrously replies:
‘Steaks shall grow on trees
And a cathedral shall be carved
From Gorgonzola cheese’
The rebels accept this without question. However, the real Sigismund then arrives and Clarion immediately defers without resistance. The clown is the ‘lowest’ character in the play in terms of social hierarchy, but a moment he ascends to the level of a prince. The fact he immediately gives up the position without any attempt to deceive the rebels once the real Sigismund arrives could be a testimony to character, or alternatively could be a reflection of the temporality of dreams.
In Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, dreams are used somewhat differently however. Previously we have seen them used to forewarn, to empower (in the case of Sly), and to question. But in Book 4 of ‘Paradise Lost’ Satan uses the dream as a means to corrupt Eve:
“…him there they found
Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve,
Assaying by his devilish art to reach
The organs of her fancy, and with them forge
Illusions as he list, phantasms and dreams;”
Book 4 lines 799-803
There is also a distinctly sexual overtone: he is attempting to reach the ‘organs’ of her ‘fancy’ i.e.’ of her fantasies. The dream is destructive, as later it inspires Eve to consider the temptation of the Tree of Knowledge. The dream leads her astray, its ‘phantasms’ and ‘illusions’ are the creation of the Devil designed to appeal to her inner subconscious desires and urges.
There are many more examples of dreams and how they are used in literature, films and art which I have not even begun to cover. They are used as Framed Narratives, as disclaimers of veracity, and to suggest either divine inspiration, or devilish persuasion. Dreams will never lose their potency or their ability to inspire. Even today musicians, writers and artists use dreams, trance-states and drug-induced visions for the starting points of their work, and huge swathes of psychological research is devoted to the study of what we dream, and more importantly perhaps, why.
Musicians these days are complaining that the financial consideration of being a musician has been lost from the equation. Anything that can be digitally recorded; music, art, movies, etc., is now considered free to the public. This digital genie cannot be returned to the bottle and some fear it will do to the music business as a whole what pay for play did to the music scene in Los Angeles.
The last substantial music scene in L.A. was the Sunset Strip Heavy Metal scene back in the Eighties. Guns and Roses emerged from that scene and were the last L.A. band to achieve any national success. That Los Angeles (Hollywood), the capital of entertainment doesn’t have a vibrant national music scene is as shocking as the fact that it doesn’t have a professional football team. At least sports are not threatened by the rise of digital media. Why is that?
The difference between a televised football or basketball game and a CD of music or a recorded rock concert is that the sporting event needs to be viewed in real time. It is not the athletics themselves but the outcome that is the important draw. Sports fans watch games to see how they’ll end. There is only minimal interest in viewing sporting events multiple times as the ending needs to be viewed as it happens. This gives some control over the fans as it is really only the one, the first, televised viewing of a game that means anything to the fan and for that he or she has to pay. After that it can be copied and distributed on YouTube or Facebook or anywhere on the internet but the money on it has already been made.
Perhaps this helps to explain the most successful music event of the digital age; the American Idol television series and its various clones. It is the competition factor of the show, not necessarily the music, that gets viewers addicted. This would also explain the dismal showing of the show’s winners in the world of music beyond the program. For the amount of talent and the sometimes painful and laborious judging process, not to mention the massive amount of exposure and popularity the competing contestants receive, the show has produced a shockingly low percentage of American Idol professional entertainers.
Once a winner of a season of American Idol has been announced the interest in that winner is automatically shifted to the next season’s competition, not the new winner’s career. Perhaps this example can offer us a remedy to the problems of the music business as a whole. Maybe musicians need to introduce a competition element to their careers. An example might be to release compilation CDs together with the fans who purchased the CD being able to vote for their favorite track or act. Or start a Las Vegas style music book on a particular CD release where fans can bet on such things as; how many tracks on the CD, how many ballads as opposed to rockers, which song will most fans choose as the best or the single or the CD’s release date.
If music is now suppose to be free then making the purchase of a CD or a digital music download could simply be the ticket to another addictive vice. Let the games begin.